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When Deb Doe of Osterville was growing up in Pennsylvania, her mother frequently brought home abandoned bunnies and birds and nursed them back to health. "I later went to nursing school, and along the way, little animal situations kept coming

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Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 1:29 am
Osterville woman rescues abandoned cats
By Nicole Muller
Fri Sep 04, 2009, 06:00 AM EDT

CAPE COD - When Deb Doe of Osterville was growing up in Pennsylvania, her mother frequently brought home abandoned bunnies and birds and nursed them back to health.

“I later went to nursing school, and along the way, little animal situations kept coming along, demanding my attention,” said Doe, who moved to the Cape from Marblehead in 2002.

Four years later on a rainy winter day, Doe was heading into a building in Hyannis when she saw seven cats drinking water from puddles in the parking lot. “I immediately knew something was wrong,” she said. “It bothered me for a week, so I went back to the area early one morning and sat in my car.” A woman walking by told Doe she’d been feeding the cats for years, but she could neither catch them nor afford to have them spayed and neutered.

Moved by the cats’ condition, Doe rolled up her sleeves, spent scores of hours researching, and ultimately founded the New England Society for Abandoned Animals, a non-profit organization with a no-kill philosophy that advocates for, rescues and protects abandoned and abused animals.

“I called all over New England, but I couldn’t find an organization that didn’t put feral cats down,” Doe said. “I wanted to fill in the gap and work cooperatively with communities and veterinarians to care for these poor, abandoned creatures.”

Doe began with the seven feral cats in Hyannis. “I found an organization that let me borrow Havahart traps and showed me how to set them,” she said. “I took the cats I trapped to Hyannis Animal Hospital, one of just a few places where they spay and neuter feral cats.” There Doe met veterinarian Allison Neese who now owns Dennis Animal Hospital and is among the handful of veterinarians who provide spaying, neutering and medical care for the free-roaming animals Doe and her volunteers trap.

Doe fundraises and applies for grants to pay the animals’ veterinary fees. In 2008, NESAA had 480 animals in its care. Some need foster care while recovering from abuse or illness before being released back to the colony; others, especially young kittens, are placed in foster care where they are socialized before being sent to a shelter for adoption. Most abandoned house pets that have joined feral colonies can be resocialized and adopted.

Even when medical treatment cannot save the life of a captured animal, it is not put down. “I love doing hospice, even though it’s very painful when we eventually lose the animal,” Doe said. “At least I know that for a small time in its life, the animal knows kindness and compassion.”

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Val M (83)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 4:53 am
It's often so hard to find homes for all of the rescued kitties!
I applaud Ms. Doe for all of her hard work and compassion.

. (0)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 1:29 pm
another great storie,just a little bit of time and compastion i can say that this is the only way,my heart goes out to DEB DOE,and to her frend's in OSTERVILLE,you people are hero's.Thanx RAFAEL

Joycey B (750)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 4:24 pm
What a great woman. Thanks Raffi.

Lee B (81)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 4:33 pm
All I have to say is God bless Deb Doe and the fantastic work she does for our animals!

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 10:35 pm
I admire people like Deb Doe and her mother. People who soend time to help animals in need and give them a second chance in life. People who let animals experience, even for a second, love and compassion from a human.

Thanks for the news.

Alejandra Vega (139)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 11:17 pm
We need more people like Deb. TY for let us know this, Raffi!

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 11:32 pm
and photos of all the cats! this woman has really got it together.

chris b (2474)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 12:12 am
What a super lady! More like her and the world would be a much better place!

Brigitte H (35)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 9:17 am

Keep up the good job,Deb. The animals need people like you. Thanks for this wonderful story.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 1:31 pm
Wish I had the resources to do something like this. So many feral cats and loose dogs, and chained dogs here in the area I live in. Glad some are getting help. Wish all could.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 1:53 pm
If anyone wants to write this selfless woman who has done so much here is the link-

You can sign the guestbook-I'm going to-I would love to meet her-better yet-to help her-my handicaps prevent me from doing anything like that so the next best thing is to tell her how much I appreciate what she has done-she is not alone , of course in her endeavours, but certainly is a cut above...and her success with this speaks volumes.

She's near my hometown of Beverly too so I am homesick and wish I could be there -thanks for your comments everyone-

Shirley H (49)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 1:57 pm
Deb Doe - one of the GOOD SAMARITANS. God Bless you.
Shirley H.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 2:36 pm
Many stars and kudos to Deb,thanks Rafael.

Jennifer Ppopoli (1)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 6:56 pm

All my love to this wonderful lady!!!!!!!!!!!!

Audra R (31)
Monday September 7, 2009, 6:20 am
God bless this lady!!!

pam Ratanamangcla (0)
Monday September 7, 2009, 7:03 am
I truly admire and i applaud to doe.. Keeo up the good work!!

. (0)
Monday September 7, 2009, 1:28 pm
God bless you Deb Doe; the feral cats need more people like you who care and will do something to help.

johnnie W (23)
Monday September 7, 2009, 8:25 pm
What a pleasure it is to know that there are people like Deb Doe. I am glad she works with feral cats. My mother cat was a feral cat who was trapped by a friend of mine she was concerned because she was so little and she was so pregnant . I brought her home and I do not know why but we bonded, she was right beside me almost every minute of the day and night. When the babies started coming she wanted me right there. and I was, 5 of the most adorable kittens, all so black just like mom,, and most of them had purssIen characteristic like mom. We did lose one of them, but the other 4 along with mom are now the boss of my house along with my little dog Lola, who they love and she loves them. How lucky am I, but after that experience I started working with Feral cats and have helped a lot of them. They do need us as much as the other ones. GOOD JOB DEB AND I AM SURE THE BLESSINGS WILL BE WITH YOU.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday September 7, 2009, 10:53 pm
This is my style and I salute people like Deb that take care of unwanted cats.

Heide C (53)
Monday September 7, 2009, 11:22 pm
An exemplatory woman - may God continue to help her in her selfless endeavors!

. (0)
Wednesday September 9, 2009, 6:19 am
She deserves recognition for all her work... I say thanks to people like her and hope there are many more

Theresa C (9)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 7:26 pm
I admire you very much Deb Doe for what you do. People make these messes by abusing and not taking care of their pets. It is so sad that there are so few of us that try to clean up their messes. I can't handle seeing an abandoned or abused animal. I try to take care of them as best i can when i find them. I just can't get over how cruel people are. Some of the things i see get me so upset that i want to hunt down the ones that are causing it. I think it is so wonderful that you help these lovely little creatures.
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